French Meadow Bakery & Café

2 recent ratings
$$ • Cafe
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Bread/Buns, Burgers, Cider, Dessert, Pancakes, Sandwiches
50% of 2 votes say it's celiac friendly
1662 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

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Celiac

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Absolutely delicious. Conscientious waitstaff who are well-versed in GF dining and safety. EXTENSIVE GF menu, including for holidays. Cozy, fun, casual/smart-casual restaurant with convivial vibe. Fresh, local, organic ingredients made to-order.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 3 months ago read full review

Celiac

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They cross contaminate after assuring you they won’t. Both locations.

Food was awful and cross contaminated anyways

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— None

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Poor

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This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Reported to have a dedicated fryer
  • Bread/Buns
  • Burgers
  • Cider
  • Dessert
  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Pancakes
  • Sandwiches

Categories

  • Breakfast
  • Cafe
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Dinner
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Online Ordering
  • Vegan Friendly

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Celiac

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I have Celiac Disease. I’ve eaten here three times in the last year. Each time I’ve had digestive reactions to their food. I thought maybe it was something else but today confirmed that it was the restaurant. I went to the restaurant on any empty stomach. I had asked for the “gluten free salmon eggs Benedict”, coffee, water and orange juice. I believe there is something in the hollandaise sauce since there was only spinach, salmon and a salad.

Celiac friendly?

No

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Celiac

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Terrible place to eat as a celiac - watched worker move gluten and GLUTEN FREE items around in bakery case. Watched as gluten cupcake fell on top of GF cupcake and kept right on going. They had gluten free bakery items located under gluten items. Told waitress about what I experienced and soon manager and asst manager came by to talk to me. The asst manager told me that cross contamination happens constantly and he felt not really safe to eat there. I did offer my expertise to the manager on how to be more celiac friendly (gave him email and cell) but apparently not interested in “bettering” the place. No going back EVER ...

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Well, another one bites the dust. After being told initially a couple years back that they were celiac friendly as long as you inform server, I was told by a manager recently that this is no longer so. They simply cannot control cross contamination in the kitchen, so celiacs are not guaranteed to be safe there anymore. I did indeed have a few mystery mishaps that I never figured out, and looking back, I can now see it would have been breakfasts I ate there (even WITH being super clear with server, and being told I’d be fine!). Such a bummer, but I can’t recommend to celiacs!

Celiac friendly?

No

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Celiac

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Waitress was very kind and told the kitchen it was for medical gluten free needs. She assured us she talked to the kitchen staff and the staff is very dedicated to accommodating allergies of any kind. Great experience, great food! We had breakfast and shared the huevos rancheros, cornmeal fruit pancake and Cajun hash browns. All awesome choices!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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the staff was so helpful!! go to gluten free stop—literally everything on the menu is gluten free or can be prepared gf!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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NOT Celiac friendly. Host rolled his eyes when we asked if they had a GF menu. Waitress was clueless. Manager said they don't prepare separately and suggested the Minneapolis location instead.

Edit: Jonathan, do you work there? If so, your post says everything. I posted my review on an app for others looking for GF food as a warning. Why are you here? And no, my nose wasn't pointed in the air - why would I be proud or snobby to have a severely limited diet?

Celiac friendly?

No

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Celiac

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Delicious and so many options!

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Celiac

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I called ahead chef was helpful. Wait staff was not so even though I explained I had called ahead. I was glutened.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Amazing Food SEVERAL GF choices. Great service. FYI Parking in the alley ; )

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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Great options for all meals, but breakfast is my favorite! High quality ingredients and staff is knowledgeable.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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Called to see what was available. The person who answered the phone had a attitude and said " it's not like we have a gluten free certified kitchen or anything." Being celiac I would say stay away. This is for the trendy gluten free people.

Celiac friendly?

No

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Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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Among the best breakfasts I've ever had. The GF corn and blueberry pancake was eons beyond the typical mass-market pancakes served elsewhere. The GF toast was a honey multi seed bread, and they knew to serve it without butter (to avoid CC) without my even asking. Even a homemade GF Mac and cheese on the kids menu...my daughter was in heaven! We'll be dreaming of this place from now on. Also, we were too full for the bakery case, but I counted 19 GF options, including some beautiful cakes.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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They are very knowledgeable about what you can and cannot have. Also everything is clearly marked on the menu. There is a fair number of GF options.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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Have had no problem at this location with cross contamination.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Sorry celiacs this location isn't for you, they make GF and regular flour dishes in the same kitchen! Crazy right? I mean who would dedicate an entire space in their kitchen for 1% of their customers.

If they rolled their eyes at you it's probably because you started out with your nose pointed towards the ceiling when you asked for the gluten free menu.

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Not celiac

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Good gluten free cajun hashbrowns. The bakery selection is good. The poppyseed muffin I had was okay, but definitely gluten free tasting. Chai tea was nice. I will come back again to try more.

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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Love the location in Minneapolis so I'm very happy they are now in St. Paul! Delicious food and great gluten free food (including desserts, breads, etc.) options!

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Celiac

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Great food!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 8 years ago read full review

Reviews of this Chain

Celiac

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Server was extra cautious and super knowledgeable. Menu is well labeled. Food was delicious. Highly recommend.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Celiac

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Server seemed a little hesitant which scarred me, the service was mediocre in general. Got the salmon benedict which was prettu good, just very small. Very sensitive celiac and did not appear to get sick. Make sure to go over evrrything thoroughly with them

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Great fish tacos and many salad options

Celiac

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Incredible food! Ordered the quiche Lorraine, hash browns and gluten free toast. The quiche has a potato crust and was savory and delicious. I have celiac and felt totally safe here. Staff knowledgeable and accommodating. 10/10 would go again!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Really the only place we found gf good. The grill side has gf bread. We had good burgers.

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